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House Minority Friday leader Kevin McCarthy provides details on his “Commitment to America” agenda at a press event in Monongahela, Pennsylvania on Friday, including policies to combat inflation, illegal immigration and allowing only women to participate. to participate in women’s sports.
McCarthy, R-Calif., has teased the agenda for months as a promise that could help them regain the House majority and a blueprint for governance by 2023. The agenda contains a set of general policy recommendations in four broad categories: “A economy that is powerful;” “A nation that is safe;” “A future built on freedom;” and “A government that is responsible.”
The agenda follows the “Contract With America” script that helped former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., achieve a GOP majority in the 1990s. Gingrich will attend a meeting with Republicans on Thursday as they roll out the agenda.
McCarthy sat down with GOP conference chair Elise Stefanik and GOP Whip Steve Scalise on “Fox and Friends” Friday morning in Washington County, Pennsylvania, for breakfast with Americans to get a taste of the pledge and share their message to voters prior to the midterm elections.
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The GOP leader said the plan is about addressing the “challenges” facing ordinary Americans.
“We wanted to plan for a new direction. We want to be candid with the American public. We want an election to have a contrast. If they put their trust in us, this is exactly what we will do. Feet to the fire.” And on the very first day, we’re going to revoke 87,000 IRS agents. So they’re not going after you. We work for you. You don’t work for us,” McCarthy said.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy released details of his “commitment to America” on a webpage Thursday morning.
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“Over the past two years, Democrats in Washington have led America off the wrong track,” the preamble to McCarthy’s document reads. “They created crisis after crisis: from crippling inflation and rampant crime to failing schools, border chaos and disrespect for our nation around the world.”
“The Commitment to America represents a new direction and a better approach that will get our nation back on track,” it adds.
As for inflation, the agenda stated that Republicans “will curb the wasteful government spending that is driving up the price of groceries, gas, cars and housing and increasing our national debt.”
On the security front, it says the GOP will fund border security, fund police, “tackle” left-wing prosecutors and set up a “Select Committee on China.”
The agenda also promises to “promote a Bill of Rights for parents”, ensure that “only women can compete in women’s sports”, ban proxy voting in Congress, increase government oversight and boost domestic energy.
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Republicans familiar with the plan say it is the culmination of more than a year of work, starting with the GOP-only “China Task Force.” McCarthy loved that model and set up several other task forces earlier this year, including those on economics, technology, health, energy, and more.
Some of the policies recommended by Republicans in the “Commitment to America” are more specific, said Republicans familiar with the plan. Among them is a Bill of Rights for parents. Others are more general, including holding progressive prosecutors accountable.
Republicans familiar with the plan also noted that the “Commitment to America” is the GOP’s first interim agenda to be published in multiple languages, Spanish and English.
Democrats already began their attacks on McCarthy’s plan on Friday, calling it an “extreme MAGA agenda.”
“House Republicans are doubling down on an extreme MAGA agenda: criminalizing women’s health care, cutting health care for seniors (including the repeal of lower drug prices for seniors in the Inflation Reduction Act) and attacking our democracy,” the president said. to a press release from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
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McCarthy will be in Pittsburgh with other members on Friday to officially roll out the “Commitment to America.”
The agenda comes at a critical time in the meantime. Republicans had an advantage because of the shaky economy and President Biden’s low approval ratings. But Democrats have gained new momentum after Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court and legal troubles for former President Donald Trump.
Fox News’ Aishah Hasnie contributed to this report.